Dialogue: Teasing


Out of listening comes play:  The young man whom I teach who is severely disabled in many areas of physical and mental function has a sensitive ear.  He has finally, I think, grasped his capacity to vary elements in a piece of music so that they do not simply replay in his mind.  This is extremely difficult for anyone, but most especially for someone like him, for whom very few things in life are reliable.
His enjoyment of the Harmonious Blacksmith theme in Handel's variations has been an astonishing experience for me.  He calls it "Patterns" and is now capable of breaking it up into elements, not simply grinding out complete phrases always the same, one after the other.  
It has become possible for him to tease me, the listener.  
How true to the essence of good performance!


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